The Laboratory of Aquatic Mammals (LAMAQ) is located in the Department of Ecology and Zoology of the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

We are a family owned and operated business.

It has space for research and necropsy, in addition to the largest scientific collection of marine mammals in South America (more than 600 specimens). At LAMAQ, undergraduate, masters and doctoral students develop research involving population dynamics and ecology, trophic ecology, comparative morphology, biomechanics and bone changes, systematics and taxonomy, fishing ecology and ethnobiology, zooarcheology and bioacoustics. In addition, extension activities are carried out, receiving students and participating in exhibitions, courses and lectures.




and Ethnobiology

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How to incorporate local knowledge into the understanding of an organism or an ecosystem?

How does the aquatic ecosystem relate to the human system and how does it impact the sustainability of this fishery?

How does a fishery ecosystem relate to its management policy?

What are the ecological relationships behind the vocalizations of aquatic mammals?

How do aquatic mammals use sound to relate to each other and to the environment?


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How to use sound to determine the state (disturbed /healthy) of an aquatic ecosystem?

What policies can assist in the conservation of impacted aquatic mammals?

How does a given human activity impact the ecology of aquatic mammals?

What are the consequences for society of an impacted ecosystem?

Anthropic Impacts

and Conservation

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What can the carcass of an aquatic mammal tell us about its habits and relationships in that ecosystem?

How does the morphology and bone structure of an aquatic mammal relate to its ecology?

How can a scientific collection of aquatic mammals help to understand the evolution and conservation of these organisms?

Comparative Morphology, Biomechanics and Bone Changes

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What information can be extracted from skulls, teeth or other materials found in archaeological sites?

How can aquatic mammal fossils help to understand the life of these organisms?

How was the evolution of aquatic mammals registered in the organisms of ancestry and of today?


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How can the relationship between the evolutionary lineages of aquatic mammals help to conserve these organisms?

At what point in evolutionary history did a certain characteristic of an organism arise?


and Taxonomy

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What specific characteristics define each group of aquatic mammals?

How does aquatic mammals learn certain behaviors?

How many individuals have a given population of aquatic mammals and where do they live?

Population and Behavioral Ecology

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What is the relationship between the behavior of individuals in a population and their ecological parameters?

Food Ecology

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How the food chain of an ecosystem influences the behavior and ecological parameters of different species of aquatic mammals.

What can the eating habits of aquatic mammals tell us about the conservation of the population and the environment?

How to identify the diet of aquatic mammals indirectly, without the need for observation?


Federal University of Santa Catarina

Department of Ecology and Zoology

Biological Sciences Center

University Campus - Trindade

PO Box 5102
Zip code 88040-970
Florianópolis, SC - BRAZIL

Tel .: (+55 48) 3721-7150